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We got the whole gang at the Tekin booth together for a tender family photo. And then we set about grilling them about anything new they’ve got coming. Well, they do have a new brushless motor, dubbed the Pro-2, which is ideally suited to 2wd vehicles. But you should also check out this RX8 ESC in a white case. We wish we could tell you that it’s loaded with a bunch of new, awesome, I, Robot inspired technology… but it’s not. It’s just an RX8 with a white case. It sure looks sharp though, doesn’t it? Check out the Tekin web site for any info you want.

The biggest new item from XRAY at the Toy Fair was their prototype 1/8 scale brushless truggy, the XT8E.¬† They were characteristically tight-lipped about specs, features, release timeframe, and cost at this early point, but it should be a cool new entry in a rather small segment.¬† Being XRAY, the XT8E is sure to be an all carbon fiber race-bred truck, not your typical monster basher. It’s interesting to see XRAY stepping into this class, that must mean it’s gaining momentum. There’s some more promo shots of the truck on their web site, with the stinger being more information coming soon.

XRAY had quite a few new releases at the show this year, all of them targeted at the high-end racing market, we’ve posted a bunch of pictures and info on them after the break, so click through to keep reading.

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If you’ve ever been curious about the design and manufacturing process of r/c cars, XRAY’s latest column covers that exact topic. XRAY’s chief designer, Juraj Hudy, gives a behind the scenes look at the design process, prototyping, mold making and other aspects of the RX8, XRAY’s latest 1/8 scale nitro onroad racer.

After several months spent behind the computer and after I was convinced that we had fixed all the basic details, it was time for the first prototypes. To make prototypes today is completely different compared to the old days. Now all composite parts are ‚Äúprinted‚ÄĚ using a special sand printer technology which creates the sample in few hours from a file we send via e-mail. These are fairly fragile but give an excellent idea how the composite part will look like. All the aluminum, steel and graphite prototypes are very easy to produce as well, thanks to the in-house production technologies linked to the network.

It’s a very interesting article with a bunch of cool photos to go along with it. Go give it a read.